Opened in 1934, the main foyer of the Montreal Neurological Institute displays a unique use of Art Deco design. Almost all of the foyer's design motifs represent different parts of the central nervous system. This visual homage to neurology was the idea of the Institute's founder, Dr. Wilder Penfield. His vision was carried out by the New York architectural firm, Ross and Macdonald, and its architect, Barnet Philips. On the occasion of the Institute's seventy-fifth anniversary in 2009, the foyer underwent restoration by a Montreal specialist, Anne Lapointe. As a result, the foyer stands meticulously preserved as it was originally conceived. In the same year, 2009, this historical site was named the Feindel Foyer in honour of the Institute's third director and official historian, Dr. William Feindel.

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